Replace all the languages you are learning with ones that have less than 2 million speakers

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Re: Replace all the languages you are learning with ones that have less than 2 million speakers

Postby Zomxilla » Fri May 18, 2018 4:48 am

Te Reo would be my pick. I'm planning on learning it anyway. Also, does New Zealand Sign Language count?
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Re: Replace all the languages you are learning with ones that have less than 2 million speakers

Postby Daniel N. » Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:21 pm

Iversen wrote:My choice for a Slavic language on the Balkan peninsula would be Montenegrin (229,251 speakers in 2011). It is almost the same as Serbian, and Serbian is almost the same as Croatian, and I presume that even the Slovenians and the Macedonians could understand it.

Standard Montenegrin is very close to Standard Ijekavian Serbian, Standard Bosnian, and then to Standard Croatian, and then to Standard Ekavian Serbian (as spoken in Serbia) but this is somewhat controversial: it's not uncommon that someone in Montenegro claims to speak Montenegrin, while his brother or son claims to speak (a variant) of Serbian, and they speak the same. It's more like saying "I'm a Montenegrin, not a Serb" or "I don't vote for pro-Serbian parties".

I'm sure most Macedonians understand and are able to speak something similar to it; the same applies to Slovenians, esp. older ones (they all learned Serbo-Croatian in school).
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Re: Replace all the languages you are learning with ones that have less than 2 million speakers

Postby kulaputra » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:55 pm

Tulu and Navajo, probably
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Re: Replace all the languages you are learning with ones that have less than 2 million speakers

Postby eido » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:16 pm

I already want to learn Icelandic. I might continue with it if I get too frustrated with Korean, but...

Let's go with a Native American language, like Ute or Cherokee. And what about Malagasy? Why not?

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Re: Replace all the languages you are learning with ones that have less than 2 million speakers

Postby kulaputra » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:57 pm

eido wrote:I already want to learn Icelandic. I might continue with it if I get too frustrated with Korean, but...

Let's go with a Native American language, like Ute or Cherokee. And what about Malagasy? Why not?

These are subject to change.


I was thinking about Malagasy too, but it has 20 million speakers
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Re: Replace all the languages you are learning with ones that have less than 2 million speakers

Postby BOLIO » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:17 pm

Tzotzil would probably be my choice as it has less than 500,000 speakers.

Maybe Tzeltal or Yucatan Maya... All of them have less than a million speakers and could actually be useful to me one day. Interesting topic.
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Re: Replace all the languages you are learning with ones that have less than 2 million speakers

Postby eido » Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:05 pm

kulaputra wrote:I was thinking about Malagasy too, but it has 20 million speakers

Ah, I didn't do my research before this post. Let me think on it some more.

Hmm...

Greenlandic.
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